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Ryan says House chaplain will stay in job

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a reversal, Speaker Paul Ryan says the chaplain of the House of Representatives will stay in his job.

Ryan's announcement comes hours after Rev. Patrick Conroy said he would withdraw his resignation in a caustic letter charging that a top Ryan aide told him "something like `maybe it's time that we had a Chaplain that wasn't a Catholic."'

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and a Catholic himself, sparked an uproar last month when he asked Conroy to resign. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy's pastoral care to lawmakers.

In a statement Thursday, Ryan says "this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important post." He says he will sit down with Conroy next week.

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